Forecasting system predicts presence of sea nettles in Chesapeake Bay


  • Christopher W. Brown,

    1. NOAA/NESDIS Office of Research and Applications, Camp Springs, Maryland, USA
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  • Raleigh R. Hood,

  • Zhen Li,

  • Mary Beth Decker,

  • Thomas F. Gross,

  • Jennifer E. Purcell,

  • Harry V. Wang


Outbreaks of noxious biota, which occur in both aquatic and terrestrial systems, can have considerable negative economic impacts. For example, an increasing frequency of harmful algal blooms worldwide has negatively affected the tourism industry in many regions. Such impacts could be mitigated if the conditions that give rise to these outbreaks were known and could be monitored. Recent advances in technology and communications allow us to continuously measure and model many environmental factors that are responsible for outbreaks of certain noxious organisms. A new prototype ecological forecasting system predicts the likelihood of occurrence of the sea nettle (Chrysaora quinquecirrha), a stinging jellyfish, in the Chesapeake Bay.